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May 22, 2017

THE HEAT MADE ME DO IT

Details: LOFT Pleated Duet Dress, here | DSW two-toned sandals, similar here |

I recently went on a shopping binge at LOFT and came across this flowy pleated dress. The heat made me do it! It was so hot last week, and I was in desperate need of cute dresses and lightweight tops to keep me from getting heat stroke. It was basically prescribed by my doctor. It’s too late now anyway, the damage is done and I have some new summer clothes to show for it. Lately, the LOFT has been surprising me. I used to never think twice about walking in there because everything always seemed to be boxy and ill-fitting. I don’t know what they’ve been doing lately, but keep it! Not only do have they offer on-trend styles but the fit seems to be much more accurate. Plus, they have an awesome petite section so I’m able to pull off a mid-length dress like this because they offer it in petite–score! I’ve noticed lately, in my old age that the quality of your clothing means more than quantity, but having a lot of quality clothes is always better–I can’t help myself! I wish that we were experiencing that unseasonable heat this week, so I can rock this dress. It’s one that I would wear two days in a row–it’s that good! So, the lesson of the day: if you haven’t been into LOFT in a while, or ever because you thought it was outdated or ill-fitting, go on and stop in; I guarantee that you’ll find something you just have to have.

xx

Jackie

March 22, 2017

CASUAL IN COUTURE

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Remember when I was talking about how we were going to reach 60-degrees this weekend and I was all like: “YAY! spring is finally here for good. No more winter.” Remember that? Well apparently Mother Nature was not too happy with my excitement because the weather this Saturday went from 60-degrees down to 46-degrees, AND it’s supposed to snow. NO. I actually wore the most spring-like outfit on Monday and now I’m digging back in my closet for some cozy knits and coats. Since the cold hasn’t arrived yet, I’ve been able to pull out my lighter coats like this black and white animal print one from Ann Taylor. It’s an oldie but goodie and I love that I can wear it anything. It really has the ability to make a simple outfit stand out. AND you may notice that I’m bearing some skin in the footwear department. That’s because I recently got my hands on this Thierry Rabotin couture pumps. They’re not only super comfortable, but they glitter as I walk. They’re like an adult version of the light-up sneakers I used to have when I was a kid. They too have the ability to bring any outfit to the next level. As you can see, I paired them with this casual chic look and it instantly looks ultra sophisticated. It’s important to have pieces like these in your arsenal; they make mixing and matching fun and easy.

xx

Jackie

January 25, 2017

NOT YOUR NEPHEW’S CAPE

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I’ve worn it all! From ponchos to outlandish jumpsuits; every new style trend there is, I’ve tried at least once. Which is why I had to give this black blazer cape a try, especially since it has been flooding my Instagram feed. I’m a big fan of a classic black blazer so this wasn’t too difficult for me to adjust to. However, Josh isn’t a huge fan; he thinks I look like Dracula. And now when I slip this on, that’s all I can think about (eye roll). If this blazer cape didn’t have the pronounced shoulder shape, I don’t think I would like it as much. The sleek shoulder point really gives this blazer a high fashion vibe. Although I decided to pair it with a more casual ensemble, it would look just as perfect layered over a red dress, (Valentine’s Day idea) or any bold color for that matter. Initially, when I was planning to style this outfit I had a black top underneath, but it didn’t give the cape the appropriate air time it deserved. So, I relied on my one of my favorite classics: a white oxford shirt. While I have many white button downs, this one from J.Jill, appropriately named ‘Essential White Shirt’,  is my recent go-to. It fits perfectly and J.Jill offers petite sizing so it’s the perfect length for my torso and arms. Josh’s comments aside, this cape is definitely a keeper and if you haven’t given it a shot, go for it!

xx

Jacqueline

October 19, 2016

WHAT I LEARNED FROM TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH

untitled-designI remember when I was in high school and experienced my first heartbreak. I sat there with swollen eyes explaining to my parents how much this boy and I had planned for our future together. I mean, I was young but at the time my relationship was my entire world. I remember my dad saying: “We plan, God laughs.” I don’t know why, but this small saying has stuck with me ever since. We spend so much time trying to create the “perfect” life, but we don’t assume that what we’re planning might not work out, or may not be in our best interest. We create this picture in our minds of what life should look like and we break our backs trying to make that happen. But stop for a minute. Look around, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you’re exactly where you need to be. Don’t take life so seriously, and enjoy every experience that comes your way.

When I graduated college I made my way home to New Jersey and began my career in fashion in New York City. My plan was to live and work in the city, and once Josh graduated college I had hoped he too, would make the move. No one told me that the hour and a half commute (one way) into Manhattan would take a toll, not only on my body but my social life too. And no one said that the most glamorous part of my job would be secretly trying on fur coats when no one was looking. Needless to say, I became burnt out and tired of stressing over the most materialistic sh*t. Don’t get me wrong, it was thrilling for the first year (maybe), but I grew tired of not having a life and not making enough money to live on my own. I finally reached my breaking point and decided to take a leap of faith and make the move to Boston. Josh had settled there, had a great job, was enjoying the city and its people, and I wanted that for myself too. Boston wasn’t a foreign place to me,  I lived outside the city for college. I had friends there and Josh was there–it was a second home to me.  I was a bit apprehensive to move away from my family, but I bit the bullet and applied to a ton of companies and had various interviews (in-person and over the phone).  I actually found a place to live before I had a job. Regardless of employment, I was moving to Boston come September. And for the first time in my life, I wasn’t stressed or afraid. I remained calm, enjoyed the summer with my family and let everything take its course. I was also at a different stage in my life than I was when I was fresh out of school. I knew my worth and I wasn’t willing to settle. This whole taking a leap of faith and letting everything happen the way it was supposed to really worked. It was refreshing. So, if you’re contemplating a change or are stuck in a rut remind yourself of these 5 things:

 1. Your life will never go as planned. Stop trying to plan it. Take everything as it comes and if you’re in a job you hate, you’ll realize that you’re still growing and learning. Be patient and remain positive. You’ll get exactly what you need when you need it.

2. The best things happen when you least expect it. Please, give your brain a drink. Calm your mind and stop thinking about something that you THINK you want. If you try to force something to happen it won’t–that I can assure you. Create a vision board and focus on all that you do have in your life that makes you happy. A positive frame of mind will result in a positive outcome.

3. You can always go home. Listen, we all make mistakes. If the big move to a new city or a new job wasn’t the right one. Go home (after giving it your all, that is). But yes, it’s okay. Family always has your back, so never be afraid to retreat “home” (whatever home is to you).  You are much better off taking a chance and finding out that something’s not for you than you are remaining in your comfort zone.

4. A new city provides a fresh perspective. Boston is a cute little babe compared to Manhattan. I’ve never known a city so proud. The people love this state and it’s ever apparent. I’ve learned a lot from Boston and its people. Like, how aggressive driving really means not looking when entering a rotary, gunning it and hoping for the best. Um, that it’s absolutely acceptable to double park anytime, anywhere. And that while the pizza can never live up to Jersey’s standards, Mike’s Pastry’s cannolis make up for it.

5. Change is good. When I moved without any inhibition,  I felt like an absolute badass. It made me realize how strong I am and that I can do anything I want if I just get out of my own way. It worked. So, scooch out of your way girlfriend and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

xx

Jacqueline

April 25, 2016

ANOTHER KNIT FOR THE BOOKS

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My brother came to town this weekend to visit, and I have to say it’s always so nice to have a piece of home visit my new digs. It just feels good to be with family and I was excited to show him some of my favorite restaurants and have him meet my roomies. It was another great weekend for the books, and not to mention the weather was gorgeous. I was coatless for the most part, and I had some spring sweaters like this open-stitch side-button pullover to rely on. It’s the perfect beach sweater; I would even consider wearing it over my bathing suit for a late night beach date. Speaking of the beach I CANNOT wait for salty beach air and sunburns. Who’s with me!? So while I prep on my spring/summer wardobe why don’t you share with me your favorite beach day looks?!

xx

Jacqueline

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